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I aint got no people George said I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone That aint no good They dont have no fun After a long time they get mean They get wantin to fight all the time 41 A major theme in Steinbecks novel Of Mice and Men is loneliness The characters George Lennie Candy and Curleys wife each suffer from loneliness even though their isolation variedThe old swamper Candy was destroyed by isolation as a result of two main factorsone being his disability and the other being his age For example throughout the book the reader finds the farmhands out bucking the barley while Candy is left behind to sweep and clean the ranch He lost his hand after getting it caught in a piece of machinery and as a result he is forced to stay behind This major factor leads to his loneliness Also Candys age adds to his feeling of uselessness He looks down on himself as an old worthless man thats throwing away his last few years Not only is it the way that others think of him but also the way he thinks of himself that forces him to find lonelinessThe most obvious case of loneliness is Curleys wife No matter how hard she tried she couldnt fit in For example when she tried numerous times to talk to George and Lennie she was either ignored or told to leave She had a reputation for being a flirt so none of the farmhands wanted to talk to her It was the threat of getting in trouble with Curley that caused many workers to avoid her George didnt want to get in any trouble with Curley so he told Lennie not to even take a look at that bitch 32 She was ignored by both the farmhands and her own husband and because of this she was being forced into George and Lennie are very different
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